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Count Your Blessings

Part 20

Blessings
32. RECONCILIATION
33. ACCESS TO THE FATHER

The context is of Jews and Gentiles being reconciled to each other and to God. The result is access to the Father by one Spirit.

for he is our peace, who made both one, and demolished the middle wall of partition, having abolished the enmity by his flesh, the law of the commandments in ordinances, in order that he might create the two in himself into one new man, making peace, and reconcile both in one body to God through the cross, having eradicated the enmity by it, and he came and preached peace to you who were far off and to those who were near, for through him both of us have access by one spirit to the father. [Eph 2:14-2:18]

Gentiles used to be completely unreconciled to God, and had no access to the Father. Jews could obtain God's favour by being obedient, and also had some degree of access to God in the tent of contact and the temple, but only via Levitical priests.

Now both Jew and Gentile have complete access through Christ, Who incidentally is also a priest, but not a Levitical one, but one of the order of Melchizedek. For more details read Hebrews 7:17,   Psalm 110:4,   Genesis 14:18.

Blessing 34. JOINT CITIZENSHIP

We have a citizenship far better than anything guaranteed on a passport:

So then, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but joint citizens of the holy places and are God's household residents, [Eph 2:19]

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